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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Colorado.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 3 March
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Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Colorado
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is required to deny the transfer of a firearm when:
- The transfer would violate federal law;
- The transfer would violate Colorado law;
- The transferee has been arrested for or charged with a crime that would prohibit him or her from purchasing, receiving or possessing a firearm under state or federal law, and there has been no final disposition of the case or the final disposition has not been noted in the databases searched by CBI during a firearm transferee's background check; or
- The transferee is the subject of an indictment, information or a felony complaint alleging that the prospective transferee has committed a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year as defined by federal law.
Colorado prohibits any person from knowingly possessing, using, or carrying upon his or her person a firearm subsequent to:
- The person's conviction for a felony, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit a felony, under Colorado or any other state's law or under federal law; or
- The person's adjudication for an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a felony, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit a felony, under Colorado or any other state's law or under federal law.
Colorado authorizes courts to issue orders prohibiting defendants from possessing guns in cases where a defendant is charged with (but not yet convicted of) a domestic violence misdemeanor…